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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hello, all. Despite the frigid temperatures, good news abounds. COVID-19 cases are falling, and more of us are getting vaccinated and becoming eligible to receive the vaccine. Also, spring is coming; hang in there!

We still want to hear all about your accomplishments and successes to publish in The Dean’s List. Be sure to submit your information. To ensure inclusion in Monday's email, we ask that you send information by 5 p.m. the previous Friday to Items will be reviewed and edited for style and grammar.

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism is hosting a one-credit hour professional development symposium this Spring. The theme is “Profiles in Leadership” and will feature high profile alumni, and executives from across RST industries. The majority of live Zoom seminars will be scheduled on Thursdays at 6 p.m. The full schedule is on this web page. Next up on Feb. 18 will be Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management (and Tiger Woods' agent). You can register in advance for this webinar.


The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health is again hosting a seminar series this spring. Below is the schedule. You can find all the Zoom links to the seminars here. The next seminar on Feb. 19 will feature KCH graduate student award recipients Madhura Abhey, who will discuss cognitive and psychosocial effects of an acute sun salutation intervention among adults with stress, and Libak Abou, whose talk is titled “Fall Detection Among Wheelchair Users: the Apple Watch Study."


The Student Leadership Awards & Scholarships program, sponsored by Student Affairs at Illinois, recognizes students and registered student organizations for academic excellence, a commitment to leadership at the University of Illinois, and a dedication to service at the local, national, and international level. Please share this information with others (staff, faculty, students) who may be in a position to submit nominations. The deadline is March 15. You can find more information here.


SHS graduate student Nina Iraci has been identified as one of the Most Promising Pediatric Clinicians by Chicago Speech Therapy. Nina was selected from an external awards committee and identified as an outstanding student with great potential in the field of speech-language pathology. She was selected based on her academics, professionalism, and clinical skills. Nina has demonstrated leadership, diligence, and dedication to the field throughout her graduate program. Congratulations, Nina!  


KCH Assistant Professor Chelsea Singleton has a new commentary entitled, “Strengthening Cross-Sector Collaborations in Hunger-Relief Efforts to Address Structural Racism” in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. In it, Singleton and her colleagues state that “nutrition educators and practitioners must acknowledge that structural racism has hindered, and in many cases, completely prohibited access to opportunities for maintaining a healthy, hunger-free life. As organizations work collaboratively across sectors of society to implement equitable upstream approaches to end hunger, they must acknowledge the significance of structural racism and keep it at the forefront of future endeavors.”


Our latest A Few Minutes With podcast features SHS Assistant Professor Justin Aronoff, who discusses his research on the binaural auditory system as it relates to cochlear implants.

Brian Smith, who got his bachelor's and master's degrees in RST, landed his first permanent job at age 38. Read the compelling story about Smith, who has cerebal palsy, and the employer who gave him his opportunity.

Our Alumni Spotlight series returns as we focus on Abigail Remore, who got her bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2006 before pursuing a law degree and a career in intellectual property law.

The I-Rural team, which includes RST Professor Laura Payne and RST Assistant Professors Joelle Soulard and Sharon Zou, is piloting an effort to reimagine rural tourism development efforts in four Illinois river towns: Havana, Grafton, Galena and Savanna. They spoke to NPR affiliate in Peoria.


Speaking of news, you can find more of our great content on faculty, staff, students, and alumni on the News & Feature tab on our website. Find our podcasts, AHS E-News, Moving Forward magazine, and more!


Are you looking to get physically active in 2021? Researchers are conducting a free, six-month physical activity program consisting of stretching-toning, aerobic exercise and yoga. Participants will engage in free supervised exercise classes from April to October (Zoom and some in-person). Compensation up to $240! Contact KCH Assistant Professor Neha Gothe for more information.

RST Associate Professor Liza Berdychevsky is seeking participants for a study investigating the impacts of COVID-19 and related prevention measures on sex life across the life span, including potential changes in quality, quantity, diversity, and meanings associated with sex. Adults of all ages (18+) are welcome to participate in this 10-minutes survey. To participate, please visit here.

KCH Assistant Professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo is seeking participants to learn about the needs and experiences of caregivers of veterans with TBI. Participants will be compensated for completing a virtual small group interview. Click here if you are interested in participating. You can also contact (217) 244-9363 or at for more information.


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